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Dark Matter Day | Astronomy & Particle Physics Open House Night

Event Details

Public Events

Location: Stirling Hall

Date: November 10, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Don’t be afraid of the Dark!


UPDATE: Dark Matter Day is now sold out, but worry not! We have another fantastic event lined up for November 15th featuring Dr. Ken Clark, one of our dark matter researchers! IGnite: Inspiring Generations through Research promises to be a highly engaging experience for everyone with a special focus on getting young people interested in science and research.

Many of the scientists showing demos for Dark Matter Day will be at IGnite with those demos and will be available to meet and ask questions to. Please check out the event and register as soon as possible, as our events do fill up quickly!

We will also be live streaming the Dark Matter Day event on the McDonald Institute facebook page, so be sure to tune in, comment and share the live stream!


It is now thought that Dark Matter makes up 84% of the stuff in our Universe. But what is Dark Matter? And why are scientist confident it exists? On November 10th, come out to the McDonald Institute and Queen’s Astrophysics Department’s joint Dark Matter Day event to hear talks on the first astronomical hints of Dark Matter’s existence, what it might be made of, and how we are trying to find it. This will be followed by tours of the Queen’s University observatory and the McDonald Institute Visitor Center, exhibits and activities in Stirling Hall, fun games and activities, and streamed tours of national research facilities. Register for the event now HERE to ensure your place!

Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Doors open at 6:15pm. Event runs 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Photographs will be taken at the event.

Speakers are Stéphane Courteau on the Astronomical History of Dark Matter, Maxim Pospelov on the Current Theory of Dark Matter, and Marie-Cécile Piro on the Detection of Dark Matter.

Finally, we encourage high school students interested in learning more about dark matter to also check out our Dark Matter Day Workshop.